Short version: the incline on the bridge was fine for me, but a big deal to everyone else. The temperature was fine for everyone else, but very hot and a big deal for me. Now I remember why I live in the north! In all seriousness though, Charleston is absolutely gorgeous, and I might actually like to live here.
I crossed the finish line at 52:11, but I’m not sure how many seconds back I started. Definitely not many. I have to wait for the official results to see if I beat my PR of 52:04 – it will be very, very close. However, that was achieved on a completely flat course, so I’m really proud about the fact that I did about the same on a course with a crazy incline (4% uphill for 1.6 miles). And in the Southern spring heat instead of November in upstate NY!
Full race report to come when I finish exploring and get back to (cold but nice to run in) Boston. One cool tidbit I’ll share now: I was in the “competitive” start group based on my projected finish time, so I started right behind (like, 20 feet behind) all the Kenyans. Awesome!